White House backs Sen. McCain's ban on the torture of detainees; noted as a "particularly significant setback" for Cheney. [WP, WP, NYT, USAT, LAT]

In 2002, Bush authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop domestically without needing a court warrant; under pressure from the White House, the New York Times held the story for a year to "conduct additional reporting." Former senior official: "This is really a sea change. It's almost a mainstay of this country that the N.S.A. only does foreign searches." [NYT]

Republicans try to outmaneuver Democrats on final legislation. Filibuster may be in order for the Patriot Act debate; Republican lawmakers "are increasingly showing independent streaks." [WP, NYT, LAT, LAT]

Bush on Iraq vote: "There's a lot of joy, as far as I'm concerned, in seeing the Iraqi people accomplish this major milestone in the march to democracy." [NYT]

Bush doubles proposal for rebuilding New Orleans levees to $3b; new structure would not shield from Category 5 hurricanes. [WP, NYT, USAT]

Congressional report finds that the administration withheld some prewar intelligence from lawmakers; White House disputes claim. [WP]

Pentagon kept information about American citizens for longer than necessary. [NYT]

Democrats attack Bush for asserting Rep. DeLay's innocence. Sen. Reid: "To have someone of his stature, the president of the United States, prejudge a case is something I've never seen before." [WP]

Rep. Pelosi praises Democrats' diversity of opinions on Iraq: "There is no one Democratic voice." [WP]

House Republicans support construction of 698 miles of fences along the U.S.-Mexico border. [LAT, NYT, USAT]

Jack Abramoff pleads guilty to fraud and conspiracy charges in Florida. [WP]


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